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Overwhelming Response to #BestInternship Forces to Declare Multiple Winners

August 20, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

It was meant to be a simple experiment: find an intern to travel across Asia documenting properties and their hosts.

Lucas & Anna

The applicants had to create a video of why they think they were the best for the internship. In a short span of two weeks, several thousand people shared the opportunity on various social media networks. Over a hundred applied, from as far as Finland and the United States.

The quality of submission was so good that co-founders, James Chua and Lester Kang decided to award multiple winners with vouchers for US$300 to stay in any property of their liking, in addition to the one team who will get a month long internship traveling from Singapore to Hanoi.

The first place winners were Lucas Thomas Jahn and Anna Riedel, (communications) students at Technical University of Dresden, Germany. “Their application stood out because of their language skills – they are fluent in English, German and Russian, their good video editing skills and their existing popularity on social media.

Lucas & Anna Video:

Other notable submissions include Leana van der Meijden from the Netherland and Mildka Hairani Silviana from Indonesia. They will get vouchers worth US$300 each.

Leana’s Video:

Mildka’s Video:

All remaining applicants will also get US$35 worth of vouchers. “We are very grateful to each of them for applying. Awarding just one person seems cruel after seeing the effort they had put into the applications,” said Lester Kang.

“We plan to run #BestInternship every year now, hopefully have an internship opportunity every quarter with multiple teams”, added James Chua.

Fans can follow Lucas and Anna exciting journey on PandaBed’s blog ( and social media on Facebook ( and Twitter (@PandaBed_Asia)The one year old Singapore based startup,, has over 5,000 trustworthy holiday homes and has been growing at over 300% month-on-month. It is incubated and mentored by the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) at Singapore Management University(SMU).

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